18 October 2017 CE | 27 Muharram 1439 AH

Hadith Explanation

Barakah of Shared Food

The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “The food for one person suffices for two, the food for two suffices for four, and the food for four suffices for eight persons.” [Sahih Muslim]

Allah’s Messenger (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) is telling us through this hadith that Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) blesses food and rewards us when we share it. If on some occasion a person gets guests unexpectedly and feels that the prepared food is too little to offer to them, they should nevertheless say Bismillah and share it according to the formula of food being sufficient for twice as many people as it was prepared for. InshaAllah, Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) will make it sufficient for them and reward them.

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